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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1842

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Martin L. Smith

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Martin Luther Smith: Born Sep. 9, 1819.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1838, to July 1, 1842, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1842.

Served: as Asst. Topographical Engineer, on Survey for the Defenses of St. Mary's Sound (Ft. Clinch), Fla., 1843‑45; in charge of the Improvement

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, Nov. 1, 1843)

of St. Mark's and Choctawhatchee Rivers, Fla., 1845; as Assistant in Survey of Ossabaw Sound, Ga., 1846, — and of Matagorda Bay and Bar, Tex., 1846‑47; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being

(Bvt. First Lieut., May 30, 1848,
for Meritorious Conduct while Serving in the Enemy's Country)

engaged in making a Reconnoissance and Map of the Valley of Mexico; in making Surveys for Savannah River Improvement, Ga., and in the Department of Texas, 1849‑52, — and for a Ship Canal across the Florida Peninsula, 1853‑54; as Assistant in the Topographical Bureau, Washington,

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Mar. 3, 1853)

D. C., 1855‑56; as Assistant in charge of the Coast Survey Office,

(Captain, Top. Engineers, July 1, 1856, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

Washington, D. C., 1857‑59; and on Coast Survey duty in Florida, 1859‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 1, 1861.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer, Fernandina and Cedar Key Railroad, Fla., 1856‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and

Died, July 29, 1866, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 47.

Buried, Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, GA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to the rank of general; summary details of his Confederate career are given on the Find-a‑Grave page linked to above.

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